Monday, October 5, 2020

Fall in the Victorian-inspired parlor

Fall is the season I look forward to all year, and I love for the inside of my home to reflect the warm, colorful and inviting feeling the outside has. My living room is ablaze with fall color in a big way.

This is the room we use to relax in, and when my husband gets home on Friday nights, the first thing he does after dinner is sit down in his leather chair with a sigh and say that's his paycheck. That's how I know my goal has been achieved😊 

For fall, I just go with my normal colors. I really am crazy about the red/orange combo, and that combined with the yellow from my Victorian chairs, is like being wrapped in a warm, fall blanket.

Candles poured in vintage depression glass containers add warmth and more color.

The never-used Perfection Kerosene heater has been on the property since the early 1900s and while I have only lit it with candles inside, it is fully operational if needed.

I added a few mini pumpkins and Japanese maple leaves to the mantel, which coordinate with the fall colors of pottery I bought in Bolivia.

The bell my grandfather used when he taught school sits on his books.

More leaves, hygrangeas and goldenrod echo the season outside.

Kilim pillows mix with velvet to add warm color and texture to my fall palette.

My maternal grandmother gifted to me the Hallmark book, "Favorite Poems of Yesterday" for Christmas when I was in fourth grade. That book is still a favorite, and every fall, I open it up to the Elizabeth Barrett Browning poem, Out in the Fields with God. 

We do enjoy this room in every season, but something about fall just makes it even cozier.

I did a lot of work last winter restoring and installing the baseboards and window trim from the old house as well as the picture rail and Victorian window treatments. 

It's really like taking a step back in time, and somehow that brings me peace.

I'm really satisfied, though, to have created a warm, cozy space where we can rest, relax and really enjoy this season. And those moments, no matter how brief, are much needed these days for sure. 

Out In The Fields With God

The little cares that fretted me
I lost them yesterday,
Among the fields, above the sea,
Among the winds at play;
Among the lowing of the herds,
The rustling of the trees;
Among the singing of the birds,
The humming of the bees.
The foolish fears of what may happen,
I cast them all away
Among the clover-scented grass,
Among the new-mown hay;
Among the rustling of the corn,
Where drowsy poppies nod,
Where ill thoughts die and good are born –
Out in the fields with God.

I'll be joining:

I have a new video on my YouTube channel about how I use what I have to decorate for the season, so be sure to check that out and subscribe to my channel😊

Don't miss my fall kitchen/dining tour here as well.



  1. Absolutely Stunning!! So warm and rich in color!! I LOVE it!! Totally charming and inviting!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

  2. All so very beautiful. I absolutely love those yellow velvet chairs. I'll be over soon to look at it all in person!

  3. Anita, how beautiful! I got absolutely lost in the richness of cold, texture, and light contrasting with the deep, rich colored walls. You have created an amazing world within the walls of your home. So much personality. So much meaning. I loved this!

  4. So unique and quite stunning! Your e-mails are always the first that I look at knowing that what you post will be gorgeous.

  5. Wow, what a beautiful home you have. It is all so well put together I would not want to leave.

  6. I love your living room! I especially like the black walls and a few black furniture pieces. Have you always had that color or is it a recent change? It’s absolutely gorgeous! As always, I appreciate your Native American pictures.

    1. Thank you🙂 The walls are actually dark gray not black, and I painted them last winter. The armoire is black, then the other furniture is stained wood🙂

  7. I just looking over your blog and found you are a worship leader and a Child of God! God has blessed you both with amazing talent in music and as a songwriter. I just listened to your beautiful voice and also read the ones you wrote on the side bar. They all touched by soul. May God continue to bless you in your music.

  8. Very pretty...warm and cozy! You have done a great job on fixing your and decorating!! Alot of love and memories!!

  9. Beautiful! I, like you, find comfort in things of old, whether it is antique or vintage, I get comfort from looking at old hoes, churches, furnishings, whatever. So good to see color on a blog. Love the rich deep velvety color. I could sit in that room for hours.